Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fastest Way to Check for Updates of Installed Software


There are dozens of applications installed in our PC’s and we usually don’t have any idea whether they’re updated or not. One way to check for updates is by opening each program individually and going to the help menu, finding check for updates option and clicking it manually to look for any possible update. But the other – easier way is to install an update checker which does the job automatically for you.
An update checker utility keeps tracks of all the important and popular applications installed in your system and check for their updates silently and notifies you if an update is found for any application.
For this purpose there are so many utilities are available but I always prefer FileHippo’s Update Checker. FileHippo.com is a very popular site which contains huge database of almost all the major software.
FileHippo.com is updated daily with latest software and their upgrades. For the visitors and readers convenience they created a small but really useful utility that scans your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download. Just click the green download arrow to download the latest version of that software.

Best thing about this little app is it’s FREE, extremely small and offers a standalone executable file; no installation needed! The scan is lighting fast and the report is usually generated within 3-4 seconds!
The Update Checker works on any PC running any version of Windows.

Download Update Checker

Remember: Not all programs are scanned or supported by Update Checker.
[thanks to tipsotricks]

Go to the Next Gmail Message After Archiving or Deleting

What happens when you archive or delete a conversation from your inbox

in Gmail? Google goes back to the inbox and you need to select the next
conversation.

If you enable "Auto-advance" in Gmail Labs,
you can change this behavior. The default option is to go to the older
conversation, but you can also ask Gmail to send you to the newer
conversation if you usually read the oldest messages first.

Gmail
automatically advances to the next conversation after archiving,
deleting, flagging as spam, moving or muting a conversation.
Gmail's blog reminds us that there are two useful shortcuts for archiving and going to the next/previous conversation: ] and [, but they're difficult to remember and not many people use keyboard shortcuts.

{ Thanks, Sterling, google OS blog }

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Download Windows 7 SP1 RC [Build KB976932]

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Download Windows 7 SP1 RC [Build KB976932]


Microsoft has just released RC version of the upcoming Windows 7 SP1. The version, windows6.1-KB976932, has been officially released and this may have been done because of the innumerable leaks on the web.

The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will provide several enhancements to Windows 7 including Remote FX, Dynamic memory and many incremental updates to the platform. It includes previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms.
The size of Windows 7 SP1 RC is around 514.7MB for x86 build & 865.4MB for x64 build. That’s a biggie!

Download Windows 7 SP1 RC

Windows 7 SP1 RC can be downloaded and installed if you have genuine Windows 7 & same will be available via windows updates once Microsoft releases final version to public which is expected soon.
Remember, this is not the final version of SP1, so proceed at your own risk.
Download Windows 7 SP1 Release Candidate

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Best Free Antivirus Software Avast! Free Antivirus

Avast! Free Antivirus

an excellent free antivirus that is very popular. Avast has the most features, with full real-time capabilities, including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioural blocker. Avast is also light on resources.
These free antivirus programs are excellent software that provide a real alternative to the major commerical antivirus products.
You can increase your protection if you run on-demand scans with another antivirus. On-demand scans can be run regularly to check for viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, keyloggers, rootkits and other malware that may have been missed by your main antivirus scanner. If you have a good preventive security strategy in place, however, the extra protection an on-demand antivirus scanner offers is minimal.

  • Processor Pentium 3, 128 MB RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64 bit)
avast! Free Antivirus is free only for personal and non-commercial use.
Download Avast! Free Antivirus

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free Download – WinTools.net Ultimate Edition [Save $40]

Here is a quick heads up on a promotional offer for WinTools.net 10.8.1 Ultimate Edition which is a cool but not well known Windows optimizer tool. The tool removes unwanted software from disk drives and dead references from the MS Windows registry. WinTools.net puts you in control of the Windows startup process, memory monitoring and gives you the power to customize desktop and system settings to fit your needs.

WinTools.net 10.8.1 comes with the following modules


■Clean Uninstaller

■Scan Files

■Scan Shortcuts

■Scan Registry

■Startup Manager

■Tweak UI

■Net Tweaker

■Your Privacy

■Invisible Man

■File Shredder

■IE Favorites

■RAM Memory Booster

We haven’t got to use the program ourselves, so do not expect a personal recommendation from us this time. It looks like a simple-to-use tool for daily maintenance of Windows OS. Whether it warrants $40 for a single user license or not is a different question altogether. But for the fact that it is now being given away for free should encourage many users to give it a try at least.

WinTools.net Ultimate Edition – Free License


In order to grab a free license of WinTools.net 10.8.1 Ultimate Edition,
1. Visit the promotional offer page and register with your name and valid email address.
2. Check your inbox for verification link and click to verify.
3. Within an hour, you will receive another email containing the registration key. Download Wintools.net and use the registration key to activate the software.
[via: techpp.com]

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 [Offline Installer]


Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 [Offline Installer]
Surprise! Surprise! Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011 just after 3 months since they released the beta version of the same. You can go ahead and download Windows Live Essentials 2011 right away. We have the offline installer (direct download) links at the end of the article.
The Windows Live Essentials suite of applications includes the popular programs -
■Windows Messenger
■Photo Gallery
■Windows Movie Maker
■Mail
■Windows Live Writer
■Family Safety
■Windows Live Mesh
■Messenger Companion
■Bing Bar
■Outlook Connector Pack
■Microsoft Silverlight

Download Windows Live Essentials 2011
We will review the Windows Live Essentials 2011 soon, but you can go ahead and download the stable version right now from their website.
Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 (web setup)
The Offline installer is around 155 MB in size and includes all the programs, you can chose which needs to be installed while running the installer.
Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Offline installer)

via techpp.com